So my post yesterday (Artsy Liberals?) succeeded in offending people on both ends of the political spectrum! And as a result, a small rash of un-follows followed (I’m currently applying a topical ointment for the rash). Amusingly, both conservatives and liberals thought I was making fun of them. Hence, to both I offer this sincere pseudo-apology (raspberry): I was.
OK, not really. My purpose was to tease stereotypes, not liberal types or conservative types. (Personally, I’m a radical moderate, an independent with intent.)
More importantly, my purpose was simply to support those I love–no matter where they fall on the political spectrum. And this includes my African-American friends.
I’ll conclude by ruffling a few more feathers: I think offering “All Lives Matter” as an alternative to “Black Lives Matter” is ineffective, at best, and at times offensive, in the same way that it’s inappropriate to stand up at someone’s funeral and shout, “Hey, other people die, too, you know!” Other people do, indeed, die, but that’s not the time or place to shout it. Wear your breast cancer ribbon at the Breast Cancer Awareness event. Wear your ALS ribbon at the ALS Awareness event. And don’t confuse the two. Instead…
Love them both.